Monthly Archives: April 2012

In the News…

There is a possibility that the Italian government will investigate operation CONDOR. Operation CONDOR was an intelligence network of the Southern Cone countries that aimed to eradicate all political opposition in the region. Italian attorney Giancarlo Capaldo is currently investigating … Continue reading

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In Landmark Decision, Justice System Recognizes Death by Torture

Posted by Allison Fisher This week, a court in São Paulo officially recognized that the 1976 death of João Batista Franco Drummond was caused by torture and occurred in the DOI-CODI (a police-military intelligence center). Judge Guilherme Madeira Dezem ordered … Continue reading

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Hydroelectric Plant May Cause Lake to Cover Bodies of Disappeared Guerrillas

Posted by Rebecca Atencio Plans for the Santa Isabel hydroelectric plant in the Araguaia region of Brazil threaten to flood an area where the Brazilian armed forces may have disposed of the bodies of 58 disappeared guerrillas, alleges Brazil’s Institution of … Continue reading

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Brazil: a Non-Transitional Truth Commission

Guest post by Professor Onur Bakiner. Bakiner is Assistant Professor of International Studies at Simon Fraser University. He completed his dissertation, entitled “Coming to Terms with the Past: Power, Memory and Legitimacy in Truth Commissions,” in the Department of Political Science … Continue reading

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In the News…

Escrachos/esculachos, or performance protests outing accused dictatorship-era perpetrators, continue. This week, around 100 people gathered to out coroner Harry Shibata, who helped falsify death certificates of murdered political activists. Echoing similar groups in Argentina, participants in the protests have adopted … Continue reading

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Rights Group Advocates for Disappeared Indigenous Brazilians

Posted by Engram Wilkinson A rights group has called upon Brazil’s truth commission to investigate the alleged disappearance of 2,000 indigenous Waimiri Atroari people during the military dictatorship. Egydio Schawde, a former missionary and coordinator of the House of Urubui Culture, says … Continue reading

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Interview with James Green

Dr. James Green is Professor of History and Brazilian Studies at Brown University. He works on the political, social, and cultural history of nineteenth and twentieth-century Brazil. His books include: We Cannot Remain Silent: Opposition to the Brazilian Military Dictatorship in … Continue reading

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